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Proverbs 1:8

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Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. – Proverbs 1:8

Heavenly Father, in your great Wisdom and Knowledge, in your Strength and Counsel, we place our hopes. For we are mortals, fickle human beings, easily lured into foolishness of thought, word and deed, by the evil one who rules and misguides us, tempting and leading us astray, into darkness, away from your Light of grace. Father, in your great wisdom, you have appointed our father and mother in our family units, to guide and instruct us in your Holy Word. To fear and obey you, our Lord and God.

The good and wholesome counsel of a father is what shapes our character and nature and the pious instructions which the mother instills into the child, in their tender years, strengthens the mind of a child and influences them in later years. Children are prone, as they grow, to slight their mother’s advice, because they have not that dependence upon and expectation from their mothers which they have from their father’s instruction.

Your commandment demands that a mother’s training should not be rejected for it can bring pain, trouble and an early death. You have chosen our parents and we need to obey and respect them. If we have Christian parents that desire your best for us, we are bound to obey them dutifully. And if not, you want us to obey them anyway. It is the sins of pride, rebellion, and violating a parent’s laws that prevents your blessings and provokes your wrath. Help us to obey your commands, in Jesus’ Name. Amen

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